Shaul Mofaz smiling at Knesset_370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
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Shaul Mofaz, Likud MKs said Monday.
During Mofaz’s maiden speech to the
Knesset as opposition leader Monday, Likud MK Danny Danon distributed copies of
a letter Mofaz had sent to Likud members when he was running for leadership of
the party on December 5, 2005.
He quit the party and defected to Kadima
less than a week later.
In the letter, Mofaz promised to safeguard Jewish
settlements and criticized then-prime minister Ariel Sharon for leaving Likud to
form Kadima with Labor MKs Shimon Peres, Dalia Itzik and Haim Ramon.
Likud under my leadership will present our nationalist outlook: Maintaining
Israel’s national and strategic assets, seeing diplomatic negotiations as a tool
to achieve security for the citizens, and conditioning advancement in the
negotiations on stopping terror,” he wrote. “I am completely obligated to the
development and settlement of Judea and Samaria, Jordan Valley, Golan Heights,
and, of course, keeping Jerusalem united and whole as Israel’s eternal
Mofaz also told fellow party members he would have been allowed
to continue holding the defense portfolio if he had jumped ship to Kadima, but
he decided to reject the offer and remain in the Likud.
“I won’t leave my
home,” he wrote. “I intend to remain in the Likud under any circumstances and
fight for its path.”
Mofaz, who has tried to present himself lately as a
socioeconomic leader, wrote in the letter that the Likud had the best
socioeconomic policies and that he intended to advance those espoused by the
party’s late former leader, Menachem Begin.
Danon tried to read the
letter aloud to Mofaz as the new opposition head addressed the plenum. Knesset
Speaker Reuven Rivlin stopped Danon and told him that if he wanted to read the
letter, he could call a press conference.
“Mofaz lacks an identity,
values and a political spine,” Danon said. “This letter reveals Mofaz’s true